La Dispute
Somewhere at the Bottom of the River...


5.0
classic

Review

by Guzzo CONTRIBUTOR (24 Reviews)
August 12th, 2013 | 51 replies | 2,691 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Our hearts still beat the same.

I despise this album.

I hate how much I can relate. I hate the shakiness contained in each decibel of Dreyer's voice. I hate how whiney it all is. And most of all, I hate how much I enjoy everything about it. It should turn me off; I shouldn't listen to this emotionally unstable singer pour his heart out to me. Why should I? I'm not him. I can take whatever life throws at me. I don't need something to lean onto. I don't need to hear his etched screams of heartbreak and see that he understands too.

Yet, I do.

A couple years ago, it just wasn't me. I listened and just couldn't comprehend why this guy felt the need to show the entire world what no man should: his deepest emotion, his deepest feelings. Afterall, I was a senior in high school, had a great relationship of two years, and I was generally well liked. There wasn't any reason for me to feel unstable. In fact, never had I felt unstable. And I couldn't understand why this singer just couldn't get over it. Man, things change though.

Now I hear his voice break and understand. I can connect, I feel his anguish when he says stitching up the seams on every broken promise that your body couldn't keep as I think back to when I found out my girlfriend cheated on me with my best friend. I know this anger; I get the despair. I hear every pain delivered through a tone of voice that no one should speak; or know what it means. I see more clearly now. I listen to ''Andria" and connect to everything. How much he misses her, even for what she did. How they tried to stay together, but always ran back to their mistakes. It's through these lyrics that I understand the way I could have never before, the hatred of seeing something that reminds you of that pain when he says I've hated airports ever since.

And that's just it. In order to fully achieve what this album has to say, at least for me, you have to go through something similar. You have to have fully loved someone. You have to have gone through the anger of deception. Then the pain of realizing that all of your plans for future are for not. All of it's a tough pill to swallow. And something like this album cannot be accomplished just by a lead singer. It can only be accomplished by all of the units playing together as one. And that is featured here as well, as prominently as Dreyer's lyrics and tone. Whether it's the clean, finger picked riff on ''Last Blues for Bloody Knuckles" creating a very somber feel, or when another clean picked section transfers perfectly into a crushing riff as Dreyer screams only to go back clean section again just as quickly on "The Last Lost Continent." If anyone says this album is solely Jonathan Dreyers show, they are very wrong. Everyone in the band is showcased; everyone is trying to scream the same message. Whether through beautiful riffs or upbeat drums and fills that come at all the right moments it's clear that this is true.

There is a reason I hate this album so much, but it's much different than the one I previously had those years ago. I hate having to have gone through two years of a great relationship and another year trying to find where it all went. It's something that no one should go through; emotions no one should ever feel. But it's clear that many have, and La Dispute being one of them. They emit everything perfectly. All the troubles of it, all the horrid images, everything shown here with great vision. And that's the reason why I hate this album, because I can connect on an emotional level the way no other album has ever reached me.

I just wish that I couldn't.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
August 12th 2013



965 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Just to get this out of the way, I'm more than likely going to get negged to hell for this, and I get that. I can't stand reviews that are done on a personal level, I feel like it's very unprofessional. Also, its an unneeded review so yeah... Just been wanting to review it for awhile now.

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hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
August 12th 2013



1490 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Review was very personal. Played out a little too personal, but I enjoyed it. Used to like this a lot.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
August 12th 2013



1490 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I almost mistook the summary as a saves the day reference though... Kinda sad.

Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
August 12th 2013



965 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Never actually listened to Saves the Day before, so if the summary seems that way its purely coincidental haha. Probably was too personal, but fuck it

SCREAMorphine
August 12th 2013



1751 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't know what to think of the review.

And I honestly don't see the shame in liking this, it's a well written album.

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
August 12th 2013



5982 Comments


wat this isn't hip hop

Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
August 12th 2013



965 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^ lol

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
August 12th 2013



1490 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lol there's a line in one of their songs that goes "our hearts still beat the band." Lol so i just thought of that immediadetly. But I'll pos, since the review is well written.

SCREAMorphine
August 12th 2013



1751 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'll throw you a pos as well, because it was well written. Just different.

Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
August 12th 2013



965 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, I realize now after reading through it again how much it reminds me of Channing's review for TDAGARIM

And thanks for the pos guys, wasn't expecting that lol

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
August 12th 2013



1490 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lol, no problem. You took your time, edited it, I see no problem.

YakNips
August 12th 2013



7200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

pospospos cause I love me some personal reviews

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hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
August 12th 2013



1490 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I bet your surprised at the reception.

Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
August 12th 2013



965 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

very, but I'm not complaining

XingKing
August 12th 2013



10034 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I definitely agree that this is a record you need to have experienced similar emotions to get. Unlike More Than Life though, the instrumentation still holds up extremely well after moving past depression

KILL
August 12th 2013



70573 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

lol pussies

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Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
August 12th 2013



965 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^agreed

YakNips
August 12th 2013



7200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

fuck off kill

KILL
August 12th 2013



70573 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

man up girls life aint that bad, not everyone can be a warrior like me but you can at least try, start with some exodus and move your way up to some SADUS

benkim
August 12th 2013



2084 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is still a 5 after 5056548923 listens. Have a pos.

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